John Krizanc

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John Krizanc (born 1956) is a Canadian playwright who established an international reputation[citation needed] with his non-linear work, Tamara.[1] Its Toronto production (directed by Richard Rose) won him a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 1982.

Early life[edit]

Krizanc was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1956.

Writing career[edit]

Tamara premiered at Strachan House in Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 8, 1981 and was published as a book the same year.

Krizanc won the Chalmers Award and the Governor General's Award for his work. His plays are marked by his explorations not only with structure and space but also with the role of the artist.

His other plays include:

  • Crimes of Innocence, 1976
  • Uterine Knights, 1979
  • Prague, 1984
  • The Half of It, 1989 ISBN 0-88784-501-0 (Anansi)

Krizanc has also written for television, including the television series Due South, the telefilm H2O, its sequel The Trojan Horse, and the series ZOS: Zone of Separation.


  1. ^ "TOPICS OF THE TIMES; TAMARA AND TAMARA AND TAMARA . ." The New York Times. 17 January 1988. p. 26. Retrieved 3 March 2011.